Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - April 13, 1984

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.1
  • Gunning Fog
    9.3
  • Coleman Liau
    9.5
  • SMOG
    10.1
  • ARI
    6.9

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    5.0

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    4,269
  • Sentences
    61
  • Words
    994
  • Syllables
    1,400
  • Words Per Sentence
    994
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.39

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment/Humor
Ronald Reagan
Well -- [Laughter] —let's get one thing over with right away. I know all of you are uptight—asking yourselves, "Is he going to say anything about Fritz Mondale?" Well, Fritz'll do all right. If he doesn't get the nomination, he can always do perfume commercials—"Promise them anything but give them Arpege." [Laughter] I hope you'll forgive me—look, if some of these aren't funny.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    6.4
  • Gunning Fog
    8.3
  • Coleman Liau
    11.5
  • SMOG
    9.0
  • ARI
    7.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.0
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.0
  • Sprache
    3.8

    Statistics

  • Characters
    306
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    66
  • Syllables
    102
  • Words Per Sentence
    66
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.42

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.91
  • AFINN
    6.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.07

    Entities

  • one
    [Cardinal Number]
  • Arpege
    [Person]
  • Fritz Mondale
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
I asked Congress—they only gave me a third of all the ones I asked for. [Laughter] But I hope you'll forgive me if I say that I'm filled with mixed emotions. I didn't know there were so many of you that couldn't get tickets to the Gridiron. [Laughter] And I appreciate your inviting me, but I do get a little nervous at a ceremony where the new president is replacing the old one. [Laughter] Incidentally, I know that some of you-you talk a little bit, and you're critical about what you say is my "living in the past." But I think that's because a lot of you don't just realize how good the old days were.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.0
  • Gunning Fog
    10.3
  • Coleman Liau
    7.6
  • SMOG
    10.6
  • ARI
    7.2

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.9
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    473
  • Sentences
    6
  • Words
    119
  • Syllables
    160
  • Words Per Sentence
    119
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.34

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.91
  • AFINN
    7.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.02
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.01

    Entities

  • a third
    [Cardinal Number]
  • Congress
    [Organization]
  • Gridiron
    [Organization]
  • you'll
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
You know, then you looked forward to seeing Lana Turner in a sweater, not Dan Rather. [Laughter] But you all have given me some problems at home. Nancy's taken to watching the press conferences, and now every time I answer a question, she says, "I have a followup." [Laughter] And I hear that Lesley Stahl has been asking if anything can be done to improve my answers.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.9
  • Gunning Fog
    9.8
  • Coleman Liau
    9.3
  • SMOG
    9.7
  • ARI
    7.3

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.7
  • Sprache
    4.6

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.7
  • Sprache
    4.6

    Statistics

  • Characters
    294
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    69
  • Syllables
    103
  • Words Per Sentence
    69
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.42

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.08
  • Harvard IV
    0.03
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.03

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • Nancy's
    [Organization]
  • Dan Rather
    [Person]
  • Lana Turner
    [Person]
  • Lesley Stahl
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
Yes, ask better questions. [Laughter] But do you know what it's like to have Chris Wallace and Bill Plante screaming questions in your ear when you're only about 10 feet from the helicopter with the motor roaring, and you realize they're asking, "What's wrong with your hearing, Mr. President?" [Laughter] The other day the Washington Post ran a story heralding the return of spring, and I thought it was just another one of the reports on the political campaign.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    9.2
  • Gunning Fog
    11.6
  • Coleman Liau
    11.2
  • SMOG
    11.3
  • ARI
    10.3

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.5
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.5
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    372
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    81
  • Syllables
    118
  • Words Per Sentence
    81
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.43

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.36
  • AFINN
    1.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.02
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment/Humor

    Entities

  • the Washington Post
    [Organization]
  • Bill Plante
    [Person]
  • Chris Wallace
    [Person]
  • only about 10 feet
    [Quantity]
Ronald Reagan
The headlines said, "The Sap Is Running Again." [Laughter] You know, I think it's interesting—your new president's been out covering Gary Hart, and I understand that he's come up with yet another new idea about the future: Avoid Roger Mudd. [Laughter] Every time he thinks about that interview, Ted Kennedy's entire life flashes before his eyes. [Laughter] He got so rattled with some of Roger's questions that he gave his right age. [Laughter] And of course, about that name thing—the other day he said that the name, as far as he knows, goes as far back as the Revolutionary War.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    9.7
  • Gunning Fog
    11.3
  • Coleman Liau
    10.7
  • SMOG
    11.7
  • ARI
    10.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.4
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.4
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    460
  • Sentences
    5
  • Words
    102
  • Syllables
    158
  • Words Per Sentence
    102
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.47

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.73
  • AFINN
    -1.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.01
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.01

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • the Revolutionary War
    [Event]
  • Gary Hart
    [Person]
  • Roger Mudd
    [Person]
  • Ted Kennedy's
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
Well, I wouldn't know about that far back, but I do feel that I remember running across somebody by the name of Hartpence at San Juan Hill. [Laughter] You guys and gals are ,always trying to pin me down as to which candidate worries me the most—Mondale, Hart, or Jackson. None of those. The guy that scares me is Governor Dick Lamm. [Laughter] But I've been enjoying this, and yet sometimes I find myself thinking about what it would be like to have a steady job with real job security, like managing the New York Yankees for George Steinbrenner. [Laughter] You've got to be a baseball fan to get that one. [Laughter] They're in and out in 3 weeks.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.1
  • Gunning Fog
    9.8
  • Coleman Liau
    9.0
  • SMOG
    10.7
  • ARI
    6.9

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.6
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.6
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    502
  • Sentences
    7
  • Words
    119
  • Syllables
    171
  • Words Per Sentence
    119
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.36

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.75
  • AFINN
    2.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.02

    Topics

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Entities

  • They're
    [Country, City, State]
  • 3 weeks
    [Date]
  • San Juan Hill
    [Location]
  • the New York Yankees
    [Organization]
  • Dick Lamm
    [Person]
  • George Steinbrenner
    [Person]
  • Hart
    [Person]
  • Hartpence
    [Person]
  • Jackson
    [Person]
  • Mondale
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
If I could just switch for a minute, I'd like to say how great it was to see and hear the great talent of Rich Little. I was a little disappointed tonight, because you should really see him when he impersonates Gary Hart imitating Jack Kennedy. [Laughter] I'd like to have him come up with an imitation of a balanced budget. [Laughter] But, you know, I just don't understand those guys that are bellyaching about the economy and trying to make out that everything is so bad.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    10.0
  • Gunning Fog
    12.8
  • Coleman Liau
    9.4
  • SMOG
    12.0
  • ARI
    9.6

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.2
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.2
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    373
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    87
  • Syllables
    130
  • Words Per Sentence
    87
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.45

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.17
  • AFINN
    10.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.05

    Entities

  • Rich Little
    [Organization]
  • Gary Hart
    [Person]
  • Jack Kennedy
    [Person]
  • a minute
    [Time]
  • tonight
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
Inflation is down. Taxes are down. Unemployment is down. Productivity is up. So, what's the beef?. [Laughter] And what's all that talk about a breakdown of White House communications? How come nobody told me? [Laughter] Well, I know this: I've laid down the law, though, to everyone there from now on about anything that happens, that no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting. [Laughter] Another thing that needs taking care of are the leaks.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    4.9
  • Gunning Fog
    6.6
  • Coleman Liau
    10.0
  • SMOG
    9.0
  • ARI
    4.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    2.3
  • Sprache
    3.3

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    2.3
  • Sprache
    3.3

    Statistics

  • Characters
    373
  • Sentences
    9
  • Words
    85
  • Syllables
    127
  • Words Per Sentence
    85
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.42

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.43
  • Harvard IV
    0.01
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Entities

  • Cabinet
    [Organization]
  • White House
    [Organization]
Ronald Reagan
And we're really going to get ahold of those. Already I have ordered that we get rid of all those White House memo pads that have a notation on the bottom of each page that says, "Courtesy copy: Lou Cannon, Steve Weisman." [Laughter] And by the way, why are you all so willing to carry the bad news about the administration?

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    8.7
  • Gunning Fog
    10.9
  • Coleman Liau
    8.5
  • SMOG
    10.6
  • ARI
    8.5

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.0
  • Sprache
    4.9

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.0
  • Sprache
    4.9

    Statistics

  • Characters
    260
  • Sentences
    3
  • Words
    63
  • Syllables
    94
  • Words Per Sentence
    63
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.37

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.25
  • AFINN
    -1.00
  • Harvard IV
    -0.03
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Entities

  • White House
    [Organization]
  • Lou Cannon
    [Person]
  • Steve Weisman
    [Person]
Ronald Reagan
Now, you all did stories about the Vice President taking a dive at the bowling alley, but no one mentioned that he knocked down nine pins. [Laughter] And if he had slid just a little further, he'd have caught the 10th one with his head. [Laughter] "Bowling for Dollars" wants him to do a guestspot. [Laughter] There's just one last thing, and that's those stories—and then I'm through—about Tip O'Neill and me and as if we're having some kind of a fight or feuding.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.8
  • Gunning Fog
    9.4
  • Coleman Liau
    9.4
  • SMOG
    8.2
  • ARI
    9.4

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    4.2
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    4.2
  • Sprache
    5.0

    Statistics

  • Characters
    364
  • Sentences
    4
  • Words
    85
  • Syllables
    119
  • Words Per Sentence
    85
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.28

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    -0.86
  • AFINN
    -2.00
  • Harvard IV
    -0.02

    Entities

  • nine
    [Cardinal Number]
  • 10th
    [Ordinal Number]
Ronald Reagan
That's nonsense. Tip is really crazy about me. Just this morning he sent me a whole case of Girl Scout cookies. [Laughter] And he put in the cutest note. He said, "They taste better if you eat them with your eyes shut." [Laughter] Well, thank you, thank you all for inviting us to be here tonight. You know, the American people need you, and they need the truth.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    3.3
  • Gunning Fog
    5.7
  • Coleman Liau
    8.1
  • SMOG
    7.6
  • ARI
    2.7

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    2.8
  • Sprache
    2.9

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    2.8
  • Sprache
    2.9

    Statistics

  • Characters
    284
  • Sentences
    7
  • Words
    70
  • Syllables
    92
  • Words Per Sentence
    70
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.27

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.90
  • AFINN
    3.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.05

    Entities

  • American
    [Nationality, Political or Religious Group]
  • Girl Scout
    [Organization]
  • Just this morning
    [Time]
  • tonight
    [Time]
Ronald Reagan
And your challenge is to report the truth about America and about those societies where the truth is despised. And if the truth is served, then America is served, and we'll all remain free. And, again, it's been a wonderful evening, and thank you, and God bless you.

    Grade Level Score

  • Flesch Kincaid
    7.4
  • Gunning Fog
    9.7
  • Coleman Liau
    9.7
  • SMOG
    11.3
  • ARI
    7.0

    Readability Score

  • Dale Chall
    3.4
  • Sprache
    3.7

    Difficult Words

  • Dale Chall
    3.4
  • Sprache
    3.7

    Statistics

  • Characters
    208
  • Sentences
    3
  • Words
    48
  • Syllables
    70
  • Words Per Sentence
    48
  • Syllables Per Word
    1.42

    Sentiment

  • VADER
    0.95
  • AFINN
    9.00
  • Harvard IV
    0.02
  • Loughran-McDonald
    -0.02

    Entities

  • America
    [Country, City, State]